Dental crowns are protective coverings that encase a damaged or weakened tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and function. Gold crowns have been used in dentistry for many years due to their durability and biocompatibility. Gold alloys used in dentistry are a mixture of gold and other metals such as silver, palladium, and copper. Adding these metals improves the strength and workability of the gold, making it suitable for dental restorations. Gold crowns are known for their longevity and durability. Gold is also resistant to corrosion, which may be useful for patients that suffer from dry mouth or other conditions that cause deterioration within dental restorations. At Advanced Dental Arts NW, gold crowns are custom-made in a dental laboratory based on impressions of the prepared tooth. They are known for their precise fit, ensuring a comfortable and secure restoration.
The Procedure for Gold Crowns
To prepare the tooth for the crown, the dentist will first remove any damaged or decayed parts of the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take impressions of the prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth. These impressions serve as a mold to create a custom-fitted gold crown that matches the shape and alignment of your natural teeth. While the permanent gold crown is being fabricated in a dental laboratory, a temporary crown made of acrylic or composite material will be placed over the prepared tooth to protect it.
The temporary crown will be removed at the second visit to reveal the final restoration. It will be placed on the abutment and adjusted to ensure a fit and comfortable bite. Typically, a temporary crown will last about three months before the final one is placed, though this can vary for each patient.
Dental crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years, depending on various factors, including oral hygiene to maintain the restoration and regular visits to the dentist in Portland, OR for checkups and cleanings. Patients should wear crowns like a natural teeth, brush twice daily, and floss at least once. This helps keep the restoration in good condition to last as long as possible.
The Benefits of Gold Crowns
Gold is a solid and long-lasting material. Gold crowns have excellent longevity and can withstand the forces of biting and chewing, making them highly durable compared to other dental crown materials.
Gold is considered a biocompatible material, meaning it is well-tolerated by the body and does not cause allergic or adverse tissue reactions. This makes gold crowns suitable for individuals with metal allergies or sensitivities.
Resistance to Wear
Gold is resistant to wear and corrosion. Gold crowns maintain shape and integrity over time, reducing fracture risk or deterioration.
Gold crowns have minimal interaction with the surrounding gum tissues, which can contribute to healthier gum health and less inflammation compared to some other crown materials. For the best dental care, visit Advanced Dental Arts NW at 1316 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, or call (503) 235-0555.